Musical Borrowing
An Annotated Bibliography

Individual record

[+] Stephan, Rudolf. "Zum Thema 'Bruckner und Mahler.'" In Beiträge '79-80. Gustav Mahler Kolloquium 1979: Ein Bericht, ed. Österreichische Gesellschaft für Musik, 76-83. Kassel: Bärenreiter, 1981.

Bruckner's influence led twice to a qualitative change in Mahler's career as a composer of symphonies, first in the Second and later in the Ninth Symphony. Stephan discusses correspondences of melody (remarkably similar thematic material), formal concepts (structure of the exposition, false reprise), use of chorale, and dispositions of sound. Stephan even raises the question whether the listener has to keep Bruckner's works in mind in order to understand Mahler adequately.

Works: Mahler: Symphony No. 2 (Resurrection), Symphony No. 5, Symphony No. 9.

Index Classifications: 1800s, 1900s

Contributed by: Andreas Giger

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